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Hello, last week I decided I wanted to begin my weight loss journey, the principles of the slimming world diet worked for me in the past so I thought I'd follow those general rules. But blast it! I weighed today and I've gained a pund😞 I am suffering from a heavy cold but still didn't think I would put on weight as I haven't eaten any fried food or crisps or much bread etc.

So looking for healthy eating ideas that will help me loose weight! (I need to loose 60-70lb).

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  • Hello Dizzykate and welcome to the weight loss forum ☺ it's frustrating when the scales refuse to co-operate 😕 I'm afraid I don't know much about SW so can't comment on that, but I can welcome you to the forum ☺

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    Have a look at the NHS 12 week plan, as many people have had success with it. Also use the BMI checker to find your target calories, it's important to eat enough. This was a major turning point for me, realising I could eat anything I wanted as long as the calories are accounted for ☺

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  • Take it easy after having the cold as it could do you more harm than good if engaging in strenuos exercise. Take it a day at a time and don't worry if you don't lose. Your diet just might need tweaking a little to get it right.

    I get most of my recipes from the Change 4 life website and the others from the British Heart Foundation web site. The recipes are well balanced and if you stick to the recomended amounts the calories are already counted for you.

    Good luck on your journey and welcome to the group :)

  • Thank you for your kind words, I haven't had any choice but to take it easy and I have been taking cold and flu tablets and cough sweets as well as a good dose or two of brandy!

    Well I know I've been eating much healthier than before and getting portions under control. I will take a look at the recipes and hopefully start getting to understand portions a bit better!

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